Mickey and Spider have been holding down jobs, but are now tempted to steal the bank deposit that has been entrusted to them. Elsewhere, Dick and Patrick patrols the street in their car. Will the boys take advantage of their kindly boss? The man has trusted them, given them raises, and even taken them into his home. When the dopisit hasn’t made it to the bank yet, Dick Tracey is called on the job. What are the boys up to? Have they betrayed their boss?
Steve was clean shaven and a nice looking guy, except for his cruel mouth. He uses his salloon girl wife to spy on the new miners, and those travelling through to learn about their fortunes. The miner and gambler tries to take their money in his crooked games of chance. More than anything, he’s on the lookout for a man who killed his brother.
Preston soon captures Steve red handed after a murder has been committed. Still, from his jail cell, the slippery Steve has other plans to break out, and continue his revenge. Will he be gunning for Preston? Will his wife convince him to go straight and begin a new start somewhere else?
In his blind rage, Steve leaves his wife to freeze to death. Her only hope is to be rescued by King and Preston, before the wild wolves close in. Will she remain loyal to her outlaw husband, and cover up for him? Will she aid in his revenge on Preston despite the kindness he showed her?
Ed Lawery, star reporter for the Daily Sentinel, gets a hot tip and goes to interview the lovely Mrs Donald. What does her husband know? It’s enough to get her hubby beaten half to death, and enough persuasion to keep his mouth shut. Soon, the seal of the Green Hornet is found, and strikes fear in the hearts of the gangsters who did the deed.
Brit Reed is out to find the connection between gangster, Randal, and the beaten man. Lawery hits the streets with the cops to get the scoop, while both think the Green Hornet has a hand in the shady doings. Randal has a construction company, and is a sure shot to win the bid for the next city project, especially since he’s convincing his rivals to back down the hard way.
Brit Reed lays a trap to pretend to b a rival contractor who wants to bid on the project. It’s just the bait to lure the crooked racketeer into a trap. Randal takes the bait, and suspects it is backed by the Green Hornet. Is this his chance to fend off a rival, and capture the Hornet? The bait is more than enough to send the gangster right into the hands of the Green Hornet. A thrilling show down puts an end to the corruption.
After a review of the story thus far from this first season, Keith recaps the transition into today’s presentation. The end of today’s story ends the rambling, soap opera style adventure for kids, and the more familiar story arcs begin.
Here’s what’s in store in each installment:
1. The Prison Riot. 400318
After closure over the gold mine incident, Clark is sent to cover a breaking story at the pprison where the criminals from his first adventure are locked up. Keno and the Wolf are creating a riot.
Do they know who Superman is? Will Clark tip his hand that he’s the man of steel in front of a crowd at a traffic jam?
2. The Steam Plant. 400320
By the time Clark arrives, Superman has his hands full with Keno and the Wolfwho hold Lois hostage in the dining hall. Tear gas attacks from the guards aren’t working. Superman is prepared to rip the place apart to rescue Lois. Can Clark pass off his rescue of Lois as his own doing? Will she think as highly of him as she does of Superman?
3. The Wolf Versus The Yellow Mask 400322
Lois and Clark return to Metropolis to file their storie, while the Wolf and Keno arrive to meet with the Yellow Mask. Criminal masterminds face off for power. Meanwhile, Perry sends his star reporters to Direville. Is the town jinxed? The relationship between Mr Kent and Miss Lane is firmly on prickly ground, but look out for that collapsing bridge!
4. Saveing Jefferson Bridge. 400325
Red cloak flapping in the wind, Superman saves the collapsing bridge, but as Clark he doesn’t score any bonus points with Lois. Troubles mount, as a run away barge threatens damage on Jefferson River. Superman easily rises to the task, but Clark may have trouble keeping his alter ego a secret.
5. Yellow Mask to Blow Up Harley Dam. 400327
The town of Direville iz held captive. Unless $1 million is paid, the town will face disaster. Working with theCommissioner, Clark and Lois figure the mos likely source… destroying the dam would flood Direville. Clark’s confidence comes across as boasting to Lois, in the face of the Yellow Mask;s plan.All Clark needs is a little alone time to disable a bomb, fly the unconscious Lois to safety, and try to down play the involvement of the man of steel.
6. Water Diverted from Direville. 400329
Time is ticking, and threats still loom for Direville. Superman finds the source of the under water explosions. Torpedos. Is there any hope of disarming the bombs?” What will it take to divert the water? This is definitely a job for superman. Lois smuggly scoops Clark on the story, but what happened to the Yellow Mask?
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Picking up after our last OTRDiary, we join the next thrilling adventures with the man of steel. Keith keeps his comments short, but to add a little flavor of what life in 1940 was like, the Retrobots present a handful of songs that a listener may have heard over the airwaves when these episodes were on.
Dr. Dahlgren’s Atomic Beam 400226
With the Daily Planet building under a bomb threat, we find out about the atomic invention of Dr Dalgren, and the evil plot devised to steal it. Will Clark Kent learn how the stories are connected?
Atomic Fuel Cylinders Stolen 400228.
A show full of swings between good news, and bad news. Bomb threats, stolen machines, back up plans, and awkward moments for Clark. Can he pull off keeping is alter ego secret? Will he make any headway in catching up to the Yellow Mask?
Threat To The Daily Planet 400301
Sometimes titled: Yellow Mask Throws Lois Out Of a Plane.
The Yellow Mass seems to hold the upper hand. He has his atomic machine, the fuel cell, and he has Lois Lane as his captive. Clark has his hands full if he hopes to save both Lois and the Daily Planet. The whole time, Clark keeps trying to claim the man in the red and blue suit is a ridiculous myth.
Fire In The Sterling Building 400304
Sometimes titled: Girl Trapped.
With a tiny bit of closure from the story thus far, Mike, a Daily Planet photographer, tells about a girl trapped in a fire at the Sterling Tower building. We get our first hint that the cynical Lois might have the hots for Superman. This will be an easy rescue for Superman… right?
The Stabbing Of June Anderson 400306
Suspicions surrounding the girl, who is identified as JuneAnderson, has Clark on guard duty both as himself, and the mysterious flying man in the red and blue suit. Despite his diligence, June still gets stabbed while in the hospital.
The North Star Mining Company 400308
Sometimes titled: Junes Brothers Boat
Now alert, and ready to talk, June tells all to Clark Kent. Her attackers were the two top officers in the North Star Mining Company. What does she know about them? Clark follows up on clues, using his super strenght as the man of steel, and his super intellect as the mild mannered reporter.
Aboard The Steamship Madison 400311
Sometimes titled: Fire on the Steamship Madison.
The desperate owners of the North Star Mining Company sabotage the ship full of munitions. Will they recover the oil skin packet that June’s brother, Captain Anderson, has? Disaster looms, and Superman has a challenge on his hands to rescue passengers and crew.
The Plane To Canyon City 400313
Sometimes titled: Clark Falls from Airplane Wing.
Just when you thought there was closure to the story, the mystery of the North Star Mine takes a new turn. Superman puts his strength to use to strike terror in a house boy, and a new spin takes the mystery out West.
Left To Die 400315
Sometimes titled: Superman Saves June From Mine Explosion.
Clark evades the issue of the amazing rescue of the airplane. Flying man? What flying man? Later, June and her brother find their lives in danger, more explosive sabotage, and Superman once again has his ability tested. A measure of closure wraps up the episode, but how long can Clark keep passing off his identity of Superman as a ridiculous myth?
In between the episodes, the Retrobots present:
- Gene Krupa with vocals by Helen Ward 1938 I’m Feeling High and Happy.
- Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton 1939 Hold Tight.
- Will Bradley 1940 Beat Me Daddy 8 to the Bar.
- Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton 1940 The Woodpecker Song.
- Cab Calloway 1940 A Ghost of a Chance.
- Jimmy Davis 1937 You Are My Sunshine.
- Tex Ritter 1940 That’s What I Like About the West.
- Lionel Hampton 1937 I’m in the Mood for Swing.
- Glenn Miller and Marion Hutton 1940 You Got Me this Way.
Pilot episode. California: Early 18th century. Zoro the fox is secretly the pampered rich son. The bland playboy, Don Diego, is less than interesting to the senoritas, and not even on the radar as the authorities hunt the troublesome Zorro.
Cloaked in black, Zorro swashbuckles his way through to rescue the priest who has been held by the authorities. Does the padre know Zorro’s secret? His athletic feats surprise the soldiers, and melt the heart of senorita
Is it beneath her to tell lies about the highwayman Zorro to her own benefit?
As Don Diego. he tries to sway the plans of the soldiers to get them off the trail of Zorro. Will his intellect win any points with the senorita as well? Both have it in their interest to defend the Is. Is there enough room for all to live in peace in this big, new lane? padre, but is the priest so defenseless as they think? Zorro stays a step ahead of the soldiers.
Featuring the first 6 episodes of the Adventures of Superman. Plus extra background from Keith, as gleaned from the web, and other sources.
- 1940-02-12 The Baby From Krypton.
- As a planet self destructs, nobody blieves the danger is real. Except for one scientist who only has time to save his infant son in the prototype rocket he made.
- 1940-02-14 Clark Kent, Mild-Mannered Reporter.
- A rocket lands, and a man emerges, full grown. Rescuing a man and his son, Clark Kent is born, and he goes to become a reporter at a great metropolitan newspaper to observe humanity.
- 1940-02-16 Keno’s Landslide.
- Given his first assignment, Clark Kent ensures the man of steel is conveniently handy as evil master minds set out to sabotage humanity.
- 1940-02-19 Clark Kent-Captured By The Wolf.
- Downplaying his full capacity as a hero, Clark allows his mild mannered identity to mislead the criminals so he can get a closer look at the operation.
- 1940-02-21 Clark Kent-Imprisoned.
- Sightings of a flying man in a blue suit and cloak seem fabulous. Still held captive, Clark isn’t giving any clues that he knows anything about it, but is ready to spring into action the moment he gets the chance.
- 1940-02-23 Menace To The Silver Clipper.
- The safety of the train, the Silver Clipper, is ensured, giving Superman the chance to exercise his strength, speed, and ingenuity. The man of steel’s presence is getting harder to deny, but there’s more in the next thrilling episodes as this chapter ends, and another begins with Superman on the heals of the villains.
Besides Keith’s long winded introduction, there are tracks in between the episodes from a radio interview in 1966. What Ever Became of Clark Kent and Lois Lane? Here it right from the actors who created the roles, and were linked to them for so long. Bud Collier and Joan Alexander defined the characters for all others to follow. They also share some of their personal lives, and acting experiences.
Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, starting as a science fiction, fantasy story, the characters of Sampson and Hercules were combined to be a bad guy. Rethinking the character to put those super powers to work as a hero instead, a comic book story was developed, and the costumed character was born to put his powers to use for good.
Nobody bought it, or thought it would be a good idea, but once a comic book publisher picked it up, for Action Comic 1, where Superman made an appearance in 1938, sales doubled for the publisher in nine months. Soon, millions of comics were sold. Newspapers began picking it up and in two years well over 200 had the strip syndicated, and it was poised to hit the radio airwaves in a big way. .
Still in comic form, Superman was outspoken about the growing war in Europe, and against the Nazi’s. Hitler didn’t like the portrayal of Superman defeating German soldiers. He branded the man of steel a Jew. The German dictator went as far as to threatened to kill every comic book writer.
The 2 Jewish teenagers built the mild mannered, Clark Kent alter ego on themselves. It was the way the hero could interface with the public and observe the human race in a candid way. Plus it gave the hero time to stand down, and stop being heroic for a while. He wore eye glasses, and was unassuming in nature, just like they were. Also similar to his creators, who had dreams of becoming a newspaper reporter, Clark became a reporter. His name came from combining the names of their favorite movie stars. Clark Gable, and Kent Tailor.
Lois Lane was based on a girl they had a crush on, and thought it would be interesting to have her have a crush on the hero, yet never noticing the potential of the alter ego, or the role he played in the heroic deeds. Eventually one of the teens would marry that girl.
Superman was an instant hit on radio. Bud Collier was already a busy, and sought after radio actor, but his first instinct was to turn the part down. He already had to rush from studio to studio to cover all his acting and announcer jobs. Sometimes rushing with only 30 seconds to leave one show to appear to announce another. He is said to be able to nap anywhere, anytime, and deeply doze for 5 or 10 minutes to get rest, and bounce back full of energy to make it to his next gig in time.
Clayton “Bud” Collier first studied to be a lawyer, but found he could make as much, or more doing radio acting. He figured that if acting fell through, he’d go back to law. The studio wasn’t certain if they’d have to hire two actors to play both parts. Trained in music, his vocal range meant he could play both Clark, in an upper register. and Superman in a baritone register.
No other actor since, has been able to duplicate the affect as well. Often in TV and movies, the difference is more physical. A slouch, or other change of demeanor, but not the difference in vocal change as Bud Collier brought to the table.
The reason Bud tried to beg out of playing the part is unclear. Possibly he was afraid of being typecast in the role. He was already a versatile actor, appearing on kid shows, soap operas, and various dramatic roles. Even after doing the reading, he wasn’t sure about accepting the role, but the show’s producer convinced him.
Lois Lane was originally voiced by the wife of a producer, but later would be voiced by Joan Alexander. Joan had the knack of walking into the first reading, and giving the character and scene the right treatment. Joan would play many female roles in the show, always giving just the right dialect and characterization right from her first reading.
Most of what we know or identify with Superman came from the radio show. Superman flew first, and from the very first of the radio show. His super hearing, x-ray vision, vulnerability to Kryptonite, and more got their start on radio, then carried over into the comics. Even characters like Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, and police inspector Henderson were created for radio. When needing time for vacation, kryptonite, plot devices, or Batman would make appearances for a short run to give Collier time off. Batman was in the comics, he never had his own radio show, but he appeared often for, and with Superman.
Jackson Beck. Though not the announcer in these first shows, he soon would be, and hold the announcer position for years to come. Plus playing various roles ranging from bad guy to copy boy Beeny Martin.
Bud Collier, Superman and Clark Kent. Actually not credited until 1946.
Rolly Bester. The first Lois Lane. Followed by Helen Choate, then Joan Alexander
Julian Noa. Perry White, the Yellow Mask.
Jor-EL. Ned Wever
Lara. Agnes Moorehead
Ned Wever. The Wolfe:, dr Dalgren.
Arthur Vinton. Keno.
Deep in space, Buck, Wilma, and Doc Huer have just had a close call with Killer Kane. Both pilots rockets have just crashe landed, and the lights are out, and neither are moving. Buck has the idea to keep on playing dead to see if he can out wait Kane. Will Kane get curious and come over to see what happened on Bucks ship?
As Kane and Ardellah move closer under cover of darkness, they hear Buck and Wilma talking inside. Bad move Buck. It looks like their bluff has failed. Kane decides to lure Buck out by staging a fake radio signal of his own, designed to mislead Buck and his crew. Will he fall for their trap? What kind of danger might await Buck?
It looks like the answers will have to come in the next exciting adventure.
Audio has a wierd skipping affect, maybe it’s due to the hoax the scammers are putting on. Especially since it seems to disapper about the time the Green Hornet gets involved in the story.
Scammers who run a seance come to the attention of Jim Reed. We learn that the racket falls barely within being legal, and the law can’t stop it. just the thing for the Green Hornet to handle.
When a phoney investment broker is discovered to be in cahootss, it’s just the leverage theGreen Hornet needs to blow the lid off the scam, and get the law involved.
The adventures of Buck Rogers have taken us deep into outer space. Previously Wilma and Doc were in the clutches of Kane on the moon of Saturn. By the time we visit for today’s adventure, our heros have been reunited and are flying in the vicinity of Pluto.
As Buck keeps on the rocket trail of Kane, he talks with Wilma and doc about the strange space birds they see outside. Our heros are gaining on Kane, but it will be important to catch him before he reaches the black asteroids. Buck radios Kane and tries to bluff him. Kane’s not going for it though. Is there anyway for the two identical ships to make any progress on each other? Both pilots use all the tricks they have up their sleeves as they play cat and mouse through the far reaches of the solar system.
Which pilot will win? Buck finds himself in danger when the heat is turned up in his rocket cabin, and Kane seems to be gaining an upper hand.